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NHL Daily Updates: Checking in on the Latest News, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 22, 2014
The weekend is nearly over (already?) and we’re that much closer to the NHL Draft (June 27-28) and the start of free agency on July 1. That means there’s plenty of news to check out this morning, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Mike Richards, C, Los Angeles Kings: Despite an underwhelming regular season, it’s looking like the Kings will be retaining Richards. They’ve reportedly decided not to buy out the remainder of his deal, which will keep him on the team next year.
Richards posted 41 points (11 goals; 30 assists) in 82 games of the regular season, but with his solid play in the Kings’ latest Stanley Cup run, it seems his position is secure.
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Antti Niemi, G, San Jose Sharks: An interesting storyline to follow this off-season and beyond will be the future of veteran gaolie Antti Niemi. It appears he’s got the deck stacked against him in San Jose, with youngster Alex Stalock signing a two-year extension and the team leaning more toward getting younger across the board.
Niemi is coming off a busy 2013-14, logging 64 games on a 2.39 GAA and .913 save percentage. Stalock’s numbers are better, but he played in just 18 matchups last year.
If Niemi remains in San Jose this upcoming season, we’re probably looking at a relatively even time-share situation in net. That said, the division is bringing up all sorts of trade rumors, so we’ll see if the Sharks want to go that route as the off-season chugs along.
Schedule Release Today: This afternoon at 4 PM ET, the league will release the complete 1,230-game schedule for the 2014-15 NHL season. We got a little taste of the action yesterday, as each team’s home opener was announced.
The season will begin on October 8 with a four-game evening that will get things going on the right foot. One of the highlights of that first evening will be the San Jose Sharks heading to the Staples Center to take on the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings in a rematch of what was an epic Western Conference first round in the playoffs this past season.
In the other matchups on opening night, the Flyers will visit the Bruins, the Canadiens will visit the Maple Leafs and the Canucks will head to Calgary to take on the Flames.
NHL Off-Season Schedule: Let’s keep our hockey fix going with a look at the 2014 off-season calendar. There should be plenty to keep us occupied as we gear up for next year.
June 25: NHL Awards
June 25-July 1: Teams can conduct interviews with unrestricted free agents
June 27-28: 2014 NHL Draft
June 30: Deadline to tender offers to restricted free agents
July 1: Start of free agency period
Early July: Rookie development camps begin
Mid-September: Training camp begins
October 8: First game of the 2014-15 NHL season
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